Clicks of the Day: Thursday, June 14, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Thursday, June 14, 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday with quantity and quality of content differing depending on how busy Linda’s day is.

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Loved ones of fatal hit and run victim shocked
  • “While police investigate a deadly hit and run late Wednesday night, friends and family of the man killed in the incident are grieving the tragic loss. Police said a Good Samaritan had pulled over to help a stranded driver in the southbound lanes of the Anthony Henday near 62 Avenue late Wednesday night. Investigators were called to the scene after 11:30 pm, after the man was struck and killed by a passing vehicle. Family confirmed the Good Samaritan is 46-year-old Andrew Green, a new Edmontonian who had just moved into the area from Toronto six months ago.”

    This is very sad. :(

  • Homicides cooling compared to last year
  • “It wasn’t until June of last year that Staff Sgt. Bill Clark of the Edmonton police homicide unit began to worry. Only six months in to the year, and 24 people had already been slain on city streets. The 14-member homicide unit was beginning to feel the strain… Already this year, there has been some significant arrests made on a couple of those cases. With detectives pursuing other investigative avenues on their files, Clark expects to see more positive results as the year goes on.”

    Good news.

  • Woman accused of defrauding immigrant for millions speaks out
  • “The president and founder of the Temporary Foreign Workers Association of Canada has responded to allegations that she scammed Fusako Kametani out of a substantial amount of money… I am devastated by these false accusations. It is my fervent hope that these allegations will not tarnish the reputations of my and other decent humanitarian organizations in Canada helping people.”

    There’s always two sides to the story…

  • Montreal teacher fired for showing body-parts video
  • “A Montreal high school teacher was fired Thursday for showing a Grade 10 class what is believed to be the video of the infamous body-parts killing. The school board issued a statement saying the 29-year-old teacher, who was under contract until the end of the school year, was terminated — effective immediately. The teacher at Cavelier-De LaSalle High School showed the video on June 4, apparently at the urging of students in his history-and-civics class. Students said that during a discussion of current events, and the Magnotta case, they had asked him to show the video and he apparently relented after they voted 22 to 3 in favour of watching it.”

    Hm.

  • Marathon vote on budget bill passes halfway mark
  • “Federal MPs passed the halfway mark in a marathon voting session on the government’s omnibus budget implementation bill, which began at around 1 a.m. ET Thursday morning. The opposition parties have introduced more than 800 amendments or deletions to Bill C-38, which include major changes on everything from Employment Insurance to environmental approvals for major projects. Andrew Scheer, speaker of the House of Commons, grouped some of those amendments together and ruled others out earlier this week. The end result is that as many as 159 votes are being undertaken by MPs — a process expected to take about 24 hours.”

    I hope whatever the end result is is good for us…

    World

  • UN Monitors find stench of death in Syrian town
  • “Smoldering buildings, looted shops, smashed cars and a strong stench of death greeted U.N. observers who entered the nearly deserted Syrian town of Haffa on Thursday, a day after President Bashar Assad’s forces overran it as part of a major offensive to recover rebel-controlled territories. The monitors had been trying to get into the town for a week after fears were raised that a brutal assault by regime forces was under way. They found the main hospital burned, state buildings and an office of the ruling Baath party in ruins and a corpse lying in the street.”

    So sad.

    Health

  • One in 12 patients readmitted to hospital within 30 days
  • “More than one in 12 Canadian patients who were sent home from hospital in 2010 were readmitted within a month, a new study reveals. In many cases, those patients were back in hospital within a week – a finding that raises questions about whether some patients are being discharged too early.”

    Just trying to kick people out as quickly as possible to make room for the next batch~

  • Pure ecstasy can be ‘safe’ if consumed responsibly: B.C. health officer
  • “B.C.’s top health official says taking pure ecstasy can be “safe” when consumed responsibly by adults, despite warnings by police in Alberta and British Columbia about the dangers of the street drug after a rash of deaths. Dr. Perry Kendall asserts the risks of MDMA — the pure substance originally synonymous with ecstasy — are overblown, and that its lethal dangers only arise when the man-made chemical is polluted by money-hungry gangs who cook it up.”

    Hmmm. I don’t know about that.

  • Computers won’t rot your brain – if you exercise
  • “Staring at a computer screen for hours on end won’t rot your brain — if you get enough exercise. A recent Mayo Clinic survey of nearly 1,000 people between the ages of 70 and 93 showed computer use combined with regular exercise actually keeps the brain sharper than just exercise or computer use alone… This goes against most past studies about the computer’s impact on the health of your brain. Excessive computer use has been tied to brain damage and depression.”

    I don’t exercise as much as I should… but I certainly don’t feel depressed!

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Facebook wants users’ cell numbers in bid to bolster security
  • “In the wake of a rash of password leaks, Facebook wants to educate its members about how to make their accounts more secure and is asking for users’ cell phone numbers as part of that effort. The social network has begun adding a message at the top of every member’s news feed that suggests they “Stay in control of your account by following these simple security tips.” The message includes a link to Facebook’s security page, where users are tutored on how to identify a scam and choose a unique password, and are asked to provide a cell phone number where replacement passwords can be sent.”

    Hmm.

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Nokia to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide, Canada affected
  • “Nokia Corp. will lay off 10,000 jobs globally by the end of 2013, the company said Thursday, in a further drive to save costs and streamline operations. The company will shut some research and development projects, including facilities in Burnaby, B.C., and Ulm, Germany.”

    Job loss sucks.

  • Cost of kid-raising hits $234,900 in U.S
  • “It takes a bundle of cash to raise a bundle of joy in the United States. New parents can expect to spend more than a quarter of a million dollars raising a child, according to a government report issued on Thursday. A middle-class family with a child born in 2011 can expect to spend about $234,900 in the next 17 years on food, shelter and other necessities. And that’s before a family adds in the cost of college.”

    Definitely costly, that family thing.

  • Dollarama to introduce $3 items as part of ‘natural evolution’
  • “Dollarama, one of the largest dollar stores in Canada, is set to introduce $3 items in the coming months. Already raising prices on much of its dollar items, its CFO says it can offer higher quality and a wider range of products.”

    Lol. Sign of the times.

  • Newspaper delivers headlines to your coffee sleeve
  • ” When customers order their drinks, a barista runs their coffee sleeve through the device, printing the latest headlines on the cup’s jacket. The sleeves are adorned with a short URL and QR-Code, so readers can learn more about a story by either typing the Web address found on the cup or by simply scanning the QR-with their smartphones.”

    Well that’s neat! (Also, I don’t drink coffee. This boggles many given the industry I am in).

  • 10,000 words founder Mark S. Luckie to join Twitter
  • “In an interview with Journalism.co.uk, Luckie elaborated on what being Twitter’s creative content manager would entail, saying he would be “serving as a liaison between Twitter and the journalism community.” He will be tasked with “coming up with creative ways that they can use Twitter, moving beyond hashtags” and also shaping the opportunities for news outlets and individual journalists by “soliciting their ideas and building up new products based on that.” Luckie told me his new role at Twitter gives him a “global platform to elevate how journalists report social media.” He also wants to be receptive to new ideas — or as he put it, to “digest the suggestions” — journalists have for expanding Twitter and how it is used.”

    Interesting.

  • Can you ‘Live Below the Line’ on $1.50 a day?
  • “Live Below the Line is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, an education and campaigning organization whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action against extreme poverty. The challenge asks you to take a day, or five, and live on $1.50 or less to see what life is like for the 1.4 billion people who live below the poverty line every day.”

    This would be extremely difficult.

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • China’s Wuhan city covered in mysterious haze
  • “Young and old residents of the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan were advised to stay indoors on Monday after a thick haze blanketed the city of nine million people, official media said.”

    Mysterious.

  • City block-sized asteroid to fly by Earth
  • “An asteroid the size of a city block is expected to pass Earth tonight. The huge space rock, 2012 LZ1, may fly by close enough for earthlings to watch it online, Space.com reports.”

    I think I missed it, lol.

  • Woolly mammoths wiped out by multiple killers
  • “Woolly mammoths were apparently driven to extinction by a multitude of culprits, with climate change, human hunters and shifting habitats all playing a part in the long decline of these giants, researchers say… Scientists have often speculated over what might have driven the mammoths to extinction. For instance, for years researchers suspected that ancient human tribes hunted the mammoths and other ice age giants to oblivion. Others have suggested that a meteor strike might have drastically altered the climate in North America about 12,900 years ago, wiping out most of the large mammals there, the so-called “Younger Dryas impact hypothesis.” Now an analysis of thousands of fossils, artifacts and environmental sites spanning millennia suggest that no one killer is to blame for the demise of the woolly mammoths.”

    Poor woolly mammoths.

  • New study claims humans evolved from primitive species of shark
  • “A new study says all jawed vertebrates, including humans, evolved from a species of shark that lived about 300 million years ago. Scientists came to the conclusion after analysis of a 290-million-year-old fossil braincase… Researchers say the braincase showed the shark belongs to the same group as modern animals called gnathostomes — animals with jaws. Gnathostomes include several extant vertebrates including fish, birds, reptiles, mammals, including human beings.”

    Interesting!

  • 10 weirdest urban ecosystems on Earth
  • “Cities are havens for weirdness. From communities built around garbage to dogs that ride the subway, urban environments have fostered all manner of weird patterns. Here are the 10 freakiest urban ecosystems on the planet.”

    Pretty interesting.

  • Red dot becomes ‘oldest cave art’
  • “Red dots, hand stencils and animal figures represent the oldest examples yet found of cave art in Europe. The symbols on the walls at 11 Spanish locations, including the World Heritage sites of Altamira, El Castillo and Tito Bustillo have long been recognised for their antiquity. But researchers have now used refined dating techniques to get a more accurate determination of their ages. One motif – a large red dot – is said to be more than 40,000 years old.”

    Very impressive art, lol.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Cooked squid inseminates woman’s “tongue, cheek and gums”
  • “According to a scientific paper from the Journal of Parasitology, a 63-year-old Korean woman “experienced severe pain in her oral cavity immediately after eating a portion of parboiled squid along with its internal organs.” She spat out the food in her mouth, but still had a “pricking and foreign-body sensation” in her oral cavity. When she went to the hospital, they removed a dozen “small, white spindle-shaped, bug-like organisms stuck in the mucous membrane of the tongue, cheek, and gingiva.” Yes, the dead squid’s spermatophores were still active, and they’d inseminated the woman’s mouth.”

    What the heeeeckkk!!!!

  • ‘Vampire’ skeleton to go on display in Bulgaria
  • “Ever since archaeologists announced last week that they have found two ancient skeletons in Bulgaria with iron rods thrust through their chests, the media have been reporting how Bulgarians once did that to prevent the dead from emerging from the grave as vampires. On Saturday, one of those 700-year-old skeletons will be put on display at the National History Museum in Sofia, and its director, Bozhidar Dimitrov, says he expects there to be a big turnout.”

    I feel bad for all of the people who died because people thought they were vampires/witches/wizards/etc. back in the old days.

  • Homeless Texan man finds $70,000 in gold
  • “Timothy Yost was homeless and down on his luck. He was used to living on the streets, even though the streets are no place to live… Strolling along the Colorado River in Bastrop, Texas, Yost discovered a bag. When nobody was looking, he took a look inside. He certainly did not imagine in a million years, that he would find treasure to the value of over $70,000.”

    Good for him… so lucky.

  • U.S. man catches fire after applying sunscreen
  • “Sunscreen is supposed to protect us from getting burned, but in the case of one man in Massachusetts, it did exactly the opposite. Brett Sigworth says he was grilling up a meal on a charcoal barbecue last month when he remembered he was not wearing sunscreen. He sprayed on an aerosol form of Banana Boat sunscreen to his chest and arms and rubbed it in for a few seconds before walking back over to his grill. When he reached his arm into his grill, flames shot up his arm and spread up his chest and neck.”

    Well that sucks.

  • [Video]: Cats playing patty cake and what they were saying
  • This is apparently very old but I only just saw it and it’s super cute and hilarious. :)


Thor (and/or Loki) Photo of the Day:

Lol Loki is such a WEIRDO!


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Clicks of the Day: May 4, 5, 6 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (May 4, 5, 6) of Clicks of the Day!

Clicks of the Day is a daily round up of news posted Sunday through Thursday.

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Police investigate overnight homicide
  • “A man in his early 30s was killed Sunday after an early-morning fight outside a nightclub… This is Edmonton’s sixth homicide of the year.”

    Sad.

  • Bars warn female staff not to walk home alone
  • “As police continue to search for the “creep” responsible for several late-night assaults on women in the area of Whyte Avenue, pub and bar owners are reminding female staff not to walk home alone.”

    Good reminder.

  • City to add 15-km of bike lanes this year
  • “The city is moving ahead with plans that will eventually give Edmonton a 489-kilometre bicycle network, but not everyone is doing wheelies over the idea. Another 15 kilometres of on-street bike routes will be painted on roads this year, adding to the 20 kilometres of shared-use and reserved cycling lanes created in 2011.”

    Great for riders… which doesn’t include me. I would like to bike as a mode of transportation but I’ve never lived in bike-friendly neighbourhoods. I would have to bike a very long time to get anywhere where I live.

  • Edmonton one of host cities for 2015 Women’s World Cup
  • “Millions of soccer fans from around the world will look to Edmonton in 2015, as the city hosts a piece of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

    Cool!

  • Distracted drivers in Ontario busted by ‘hobo cops’
  • “Employing a technique used by other police forces, officers in Halton Region, just west of Toronto, dressed up as street people and approached vehicles to determine if drivers were talking on handheld phones or texting. Yesterday, Halton Regional Police ended a four day blitz to go after drivers who illegally use handheld electronic devices while operating their motor vehicles.”

    Interesting how this practice went from B.C. to Ontario. Which police force will do it next?

  • Charest says government did all it could to resolve student
  • “Quebec Premier Jean Charest is blaming the province’s striking students for a months-long stalemate that only now appears to be on the verge of a resolution. A potential deal, struck Saturday after a marathon bargaining session, is being hailed by student leaders as “the beginning of the end” of a conflict that has grown increasingly contentious. Close to one-third of Quebec’s university students have been on strike for 81-days, protesting what was initially a 75-per cent hike in their tuition fees.”

    Hope this ends soon. I can’t believe it’s gone on as long as it has and I can’t believe how violent some of the protests got too. Yikes.

  • Conservatives back private members’ bill targeting masked protesters
  • “The Harper government is throwing its weight behind a private members’ bill that would give police the power to arrest anyone hiding their identity during a riot or unlawful assembly. Conservative backbencher Blake Richards is proposing penalties of up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000 for protesters who wear a mask or disguise.”

    Interesting.

  • Canada’s first-ever mental health strategy will pressure Harper to act
  • “Canada is about to get its first-ever national mental health strategy – a massive report that may persuade Prime Minister Stephen Harper that his government must return Ottawa to a lead role on health care… the strategy will demand that they (the government), and Canadians in general, set aside their preconceived notions of mental illness and face the fact that almost every family will be touched by mental health problems at some point. Specifically, the blueprint wants federal and provincial governments to earmark nine per cent of their health spending for mental health – up from about seven per cent now.”

    I never realized how huge an issue mental health was until recently.

  • Ottawa spending $100,000 for paper flags, lapel pins to mark Diamond Jubilee
  • “The Conservative government has set aside more than $100,000 for paper flags and lapel pins for celebrations to mark the sixth decade of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. $74,180 for 682,000 paper flags to be sent to the public, provinces and territories; $52,650 for 300,000 lapel pins; and $28,883.20 on posters.”

    Woooow.

  • TransCanada reapplies for Keystone XL permit
  • “TransCanada Corp. is plowing ahead with its Keystone XL pipeline project to ship Alberta crude south to the U.S. Gulf Coast – while at the same time eagerly pursuing a proposal to ship oil from the west to eastern Canada. TransCanada reapplied on Friday for a U.S. permit to build the 2,700-kilometre Keystone line. The company has already started construction on the Canadian side of the border for the controversial pipeline, and expects to break ground on the most southerly leg in the U.S. this summer.”

    Hmm.

    World

  • Long legal battle ahead for Sept. 11 case
  • “The U.S. has finally started the prosecution of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, but the trial won’t be starting anytime soon, and both sides said Sunday that the case could continue for years. Defence lawyer James Connell said a tentative trial date of May 2013 is a “placeholder” until a true date can be set for the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the attacks, and his co-defendants.”

    Wow. It’s been a long time and it’s still going to be awhile yet. (You probably don’t want to hear about my 9/11 conspiracy theories).

  • Sarkozy is latest leader booted from office amid European financial crisis
  • “Nicolas Sarkozy, defeated Sunday in France’s presidential runoff by Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, joins a series of European leaders booted from office because of public anger over austerity measures and economic crisis. Almost every crisis-hit European country that has held an election since disaster struck in 2009 has thrown out its leader.”

    Well that’s what happens when leaders leave your country in the state that the Eurozone countries are in…

  • Angry Greeks reject bailout, risk euro exit
  • “Greek voters enraged by economic hardship caused by the terms of an international bailout turned on ruling parties in an election on Sunday, putting the country’s future in the euro zone at risk and threatening to revive Europe’s debt crisis.”

    Not a good time over there.

    Health

  • Study: Sports drinks can rot kids’ teeth in as little as 5 days
  • “Sports and energy drinks are fueling a silent epidemic of irreversible tooth erosion among American adolescents, according to a new study. ‘This study completely disproves that, because they erode or thin out the enamel of the teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity.’

    I always stick with water :)

  • Tiny dental filling kills bacteria, strengthens teeth
  • “Your next filling may do a little more to keep your teeth healthy. Researchers at the University of Maryland have created the first cavity-fillers also kill bacteria and re-grow layers of tooth.”

    Intense.

  • After IVF, some couples get pregnant without help
  • “Despite the label of being “infertile,” some couples who have tried fertility treatments are later able to have a baby naturally, according to a new study from France. In some instances from the research, the parents had had another child previously using in vitro fertilization (IVF) — while in other cases the couple had a baby even after an unsuccessful experience with IVF.”

    That’s pretty cool.

    Technology/Social Media/Internet

  • Star Trek-like device beams life-sized holograms
  • “Online video conferencing tools such as Skype have revolutionized the way job interviews are conducted from afar. But what if technology enabled you to appear in an office, in front of a prospective employer, even when you’re half a world away? A Queen’s University researcher has created a device that transmits life-sized 3-D holograms, allowing people in different locations to video conference while virtually standing in front of each other.”

    Very cool!

  • Report: 13 million U.S. Facebook users don’t use privacy settings
  • “Facebook and privacy always seem to be joined at the hip, yet often the two do not truly connect. Over time the social network giant has had substantial privacy issues that were beyond the user’s control… According to (a) report, almost 13 million Facebook users in the U.S. do not use, or are unaware of, the privacy settings provided by Facebook. Of that number, 28 percent are sharing all, or most, of their information beyond their immediate circle of friends.
    Although, it may not be clear how many of this group of users just don’t bother with the controls, or find the privacy settings too confusing. The network’s approach to privacy controls have historically been convoluted.”

    Yeesh…

  • FBI wants wiretap-ready social networks soon
  • “The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to make Facebook and other social networks easier to use for spying on suspected criminals — and it wants access ASAP. High-ranking FBI officials and other government representatives have been meeting with Internet industry leaders to ask them not to oppose a proposed law that would give federal agencies backdoor access to social networking sites, CNET reports. The FBI’s argument? As communication has shifted more and more online, previous laws allowing wiretaps on phone lines are becoming less and less useful.”

    Hm. Probably good if it was actually to be used to JUST spy on suspected criminals. #thereisnoprivacyanymore.

  • Judge says Facebook ‘likes’ not protected by First Amendment
  • “The “like” button on Facebook seems like a relatively clear way to express your support for something, but a federal judge says that doesn’t mean clicking it is constitutionally protected speech… While public employees are allowed to speak as citizens on matters of public concern, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson ruled that clicking the “like” button does not amount to expressive speech. In other words, it’s not the same as actually writing out a message and posting it on the site. The case enters a murky legal area.”

    Social media making a lot of legal matters messier.

  • Finally Proven: Twitter Does Affect Google Rankings
  • “URLs receive a significant rankings boost from Google when they are tweeted and retweeted on Twitter. This boost levels out at around 50 tweets, and little further benefit is gained until social noise reaches around 5,000 tweets… The study gives real weight to marketers looking to further their social media activity, given that there is a tangible, provable SEO benefit to be gained from having links to commercial web pages shared on social media.”

    Cool. Ah the value of investing in social media.

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Yesterday’s gone
  • “For what seemed like forever, copy editors embraced the routine task of changing the days of the week in stories to “yesterday,” “today,” and “tomorrow.” But as of last month, the mission has been reversed. Now the copy editor must make sure that the days of the week get into the story and stay there. For the first time in more than four decades, Globe articles do not employ “yesterday, “today,” and “tomorrow.” The reason for the change is that articles are no longer written only for the newspaper. Breaking news is posted immediately on the Globe’s websites; stories are then fleshed out, posted again, then put into the process for the next day’s paper and the next day’s web entries. With all that traffic, a reliance on “yesterday, “today,” and “tomorrow” is an invitation for error.”

    Hm. I always thought we weren’t supposed to use “today” “tomorrow” or “yesterday.” But that could just be Canadian Press rules. (Another thing I find frustrating is the inconsistency of capitalization on headlines for stories. It Can Be Like This or It will go like this).

  • Politico endorses post-first, check-later journalism
  • “Everyone — politicians, competing reporters, citizens — knows that Politico’s imperative is speed. The Cartagena checkbook-journalism episode illustrates just how much the site may be willing to sacrifice in its pursuit.”

    Hm.

  • Pottermore sells nearly $5 million worth of e-books in first month
  • “Harry Potter website Pottermore sold $4.8 million (£3 million) worth of e-books in its first month — that works out to around 525,000 copies — and has nearly 7 million unique users, CEO Charlie Redmayne tells The Bookseller. Sales of the Harry Potter print books have increased, too.”

    Big success for them! I haven’t been to Pottermore since my first login, lol.

    Environment/Space/Animals/Science

  • Finding air pollution’s fingerprints to track down dirty factories
  • “Scientists have found a way to figure out the exact source of dangerous particles in our air, which could allow regulators to shut down factories that are pumping poison into the atmosphere.”

    That’s great news.

  • Bigger and brighter ‘supermoon’ graces the night sky
  • “A “supermoon” has graced the skies, appearing bigger and brighter than usual, as it comes closer to the Earth – and is likely to bring higher tides. The phenomenon, known as a perigee full moon, means the Moon appears up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is furthest from the planet.”

    The moon Mike and I saw really wasn’t that big, bright, or impressive. :(

  • Death of the dinosaurs: the asteroid didn’t act alone
  • “It was 65.5 million years ago that an asteroid measuring 6 mi. (10 km) across, slammed into the Earth just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, blasting out a 110 mi. (180 km) crater and sending out a cloud of globe-girdling debris that cooled and darkened the world. That spelled doom for species that had come to like things bright and warm. Before long (in geological terms, at least) the dinos were gone and the mammals arose. That’s how the story has long been told and it’s still the most-widely accepted theory. Now, however, a study led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and published in Nature Communications suggests that the asteroid may not have affected all dinosaur species equally.”

    Reading about dinosaurs – always fascinating.

  • Dinosaurs a gas, gas, gas, scientists say
  • “Dinosauras may have been partly to blame for climate change in their time because their diets meant they emitted vast clouds of methane, a powerful global warming gas, scientists say. The key culprits were the giant plant-eating sauropods, which spent 150 million years plodding around the planet eating ferns and burping and farting methane.”

    Lol.

  • Stereotypes keep women away from science
  • “A gender gap in science and engineering fields persists, in part, due to stereotypes that prevent more women from choosing these areas in their careers. Despite some progress in recent years, the gap hasn’t shifted much… the grass-roots level, parents and high school educators need to continue to work harder to educate young women about the potential for careers in this area.”

    I think the University of Alberta’s Women in Science/Tech program is doing a good job of trying to fight against that gender gap!

    Entertainment

  • ‘Avengers’ smashes record: $200.3 million debut
  • “Hulk, smash. That’s what Captain America tells the Incredible Hulk to do in “The Avengers,” and that’s what the Marvel Comics superhero mash-up did at the box office, smashing the domestic revenue record with a $200.3 million debut. It’s by far the biggest opening ever, shooting past the previous record of $169.2 million for the debut of last year’s “Harry Potter” finale. “The Avengers” added $151.5 million overseas over the weekend to bring its total to $441.5 million since it began opening internationally a week earlier. That raised the film’s worldwide haul to $641.8 million in barely a week and a half.”

    Go Avengers!! Fantastic movie, well-deserved box office hit.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Turtle with carved initials turns up 47 years later
  • “It was 1965. U.S. president Lyndon Johnson spoke about the Great Society in his State of the Union address, the first American combat troops arrived in Vietnam, My Fair Lady won eight Academy Awards, and 13-year-old Jeff Cokeley went for a walk in the woods, adjacent to his Washington County, Pennsylvania home. While in the woods, the teen spotted a box turtle, a common species in the area. He picked it up and on impulse, turned it over and carved his initials and the year on the turtle’s shell. He then let the turtle go… Last week, his 85-year-old father, Holland, who still lives on the property, noticed his neighbour’s dog barking at something. He went to investigate and found the dog was barking at a turtle. Holland picked it up, turned it over, and saw the carving his son made 47 years before.”

    Really cool! Although I can’t say I’m too thrilled that the boy carved into a turtle in the first place.

  • [Infographic]: Top 10 most read books
  • I feel like the book in second place doesn’t belong lol (in that I have heard of the other nine and not that one).

  • British Asparagus Festival cancelled due to a lack of asparagus
  • “The annual British Asparagus Festival has been cancelled due to a lack of the principal vegetable. Poor weather in the UK has led to an insufficient quantity of the vegetable being available. Since 2006 the British Asparagus Festival has taken place in the Vale of Evesham, in England.”

    Lol at the fact that there was such a festival and aw that it must be cancelled. I love asparagus!

  • [Video]: Personal trainer cat
  • “Cat motivates his owner to do a few more pushups.”

    Lol!! Awesome.


Thor (and/or Loki) Photo of the Day:

My cats sure love sink water!


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Clicks of the Day: Monday, April 16, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Monday, April 16 2012′s Clicks of the Day!

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • Few Canadians volunteer like Katniss Everdeen, stats show
  • “Katniss Everdeen, heroine of The Hunger Games, captured a nation with just two words: “I volunteer.” That may be because it remains a largely novel concept to most folks, if a new report is any indication. A scant 10 per cent of Canada’s volunteers accounted for more than half of all hours given to non-profit and charitable organizations in 2010, according to data released Monday by Statistics Canada. In other words, even as 47 per cent of Canadians age 15 and older volunteered at some point during the year, the majority of time came from a small proportion of citizens.”

    Sad. I admit I don’t volunteer as much as I want to (or should).

  • Chretien says Liberal-NDP merger would stabilize Canadian politics
  • “Jean Chretien is still promoting the idea of Liberals and New Democrats merging into one federal party, despite strong objections to the NDP’s approach to Quebec independence. The former Liberal prime minister tells The Canadian Press a merger would bring stability to federal politics.”

    Hm.

  • Five reasons Canadians should care about the Alberta election

    “The outcome of the election on April 23 will have reverberations across Canada. Global News looks at what is at stake for Canadians inside Alberta and beyond.”

    Lots at stake.

    World

  • El Salvador heralds 1st murder-free day in nearly three years
  • “No one was murdered in El Salvador on Saturday, officials said, in what was the first homicide-free day in nearly three years for the Central American country plagued by violent drug gangs. “After years when the number of murders reached alarming levels of up to 18 per day, we saw not one homicide in the country,” President Mauricio Funes said in a statement released on Sunday. The murder-free day was the first recorded since leftist Funes took office in June 2009.”

    Wow.

  • Rape victims say military labels them ‘crazy’
  • “These women joined different branches of the military but they share a common experience: Each received the psychiatric diagnosis and military discharge after reporting a sexual assault. CNN has interviewed women in all branches of the armed forces, including the Coast Guard, who tell stories that follow a similar pattern — a sexual assault, a command dismissive of the allegations and a psychiatric discharge. Despite the Defense Department’s “zero tolerance” policy, there were 3,191 military sexual assaults reported in 2011. Given that most sexual assaults are not reported, the Pentagon estimates the actual number was probably closer to 19,000.”

    That’s awful.

  • Rampage suspect says he acted to save Norway
  • “The man accused of killing 77 people in a bomb-and-gun rampage in Norway last summer said his actions were justified to save the country from multicultural forces as he went on trial Monday. Anders Behring Breivik raised his arm in a fascist-style salute — a symbol of “strength, power and defiance against Marxist tyrants,” to quote the 1,500-page manifesto attributed to him — as soon as his handcuffs were removed in court Monday. “I acknowledge the acts but do not plead guilty,” he told the court.”

    Hm.

    Health

  • Salty fast food: Canada has saltiest fries, sandwiches and salads, study finds
  • “French fries sold at major fast-food chains in Canada contain more than double the amount of salt of those sold at U.S. locations, according to a new international study that found salt levels in fast foods varied significantly in different countries. “Governments setting and enforcing salt targets for industry would provide a level playing field, and no company could gain a commercial advantage by using high levels of salt.” That’s why the federal government should consider the findings of the study and revisit its sodium-reduction strategy to require reformulation, said Campbell.”

    So unhealthy yet.. so delicious, lol. But I am happy to say I don’t eat at fast food chains really.

  • Birth numbers suggest female-fetus abortions more common in Asian-Canadian communities: study
  • “A study showing that South Korean- and Indian-born women in Canada have an unusually high proportion of boys born as second babies is shining a spotlight on the issue of sex selection through abortion. The study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, looked at all non-multiple births in Ontario between the years 2002 and 2007, which totalled 766,688. “Our findings raise the possibility that couples originating from India may be more likely than Canadian-born couples to use prenatal sex determination and terminate a second or subsequent pregnancy if the fetus is female,” says the study, which was led by Dr. Joel Ray, a physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.”

    Awful. :(

  • Toronto reports first case of human rabies since ’31; 1st in country since ’07
  • “Toronto Public Health has confirmed that a person in the city is being treated for rabies. It is the first case of human rabies in Toronto since 1931 and the first in the province since 1967. Human rabies cases in Canada are very rare. There have only been three in the last 12 years: one in Quebec in 2000, one in British Columbia in 2003 and one in Alberta in 2007.”

    Eep.

    Technology/Social Media

  • Text messaging Canadians sent an average 2,500 texts every second in 2011, total of 78 billion
  • “In news that probably won’t surprise parents of text-obsessed teenagers, Canadians sent an average of almost 2,500 SMS messages every second last year, for a total of about 78 billion. That figure was up almost 40 per cent from 2010, when the texting tally hit 56.4 billion messages.”

    Unsurprising!

  • Twitter wanted to buy Twitter
  • “Facebook snapped up photo-sharing app Instagram last week for $1 billion, but the social network wasn’t the only one interested in purchasing the photo-filtering wonder app. Twitter “expressed interest” in purchasing Instagram just a few months ago, according to the New York Times.”

    Hot commodity!

  • Is Pinterest really worth $7.7-billion?
  • “Facebook values Instagram at $1-billion and LinkedIn has a market cap of $10-billion. Twitter claims it is worth $8-billion. So where does that leave the new kid on the block Pinterest? Well, it looks like you can pin $7.7-billion on your Pinterest board. Pinterest is important because the traffic is growing and statistics are impressive. It is known for its magazine-quality images. Pinterest is to artful images what Twitter is to artful words. What’s more, Pinterest appeals to college-educated females between the ages of 25 to 44. A sweet demographic known for its spending decisions and habits.”

    That’s a lot of worth.

  • Fake reviews leave business owners skeptical
  • “Thanks to the internet and social media, reviews of a business or restaurant are just a click away. But how many of them are fake? Business owner Lauren Bonnett and others, feel consumers should be skeptical when reading online reviews. Many websites allow you to rate a business. Some have staff and automated filters designed to catch fake or malicious reviews. But how easy is it for one to get through? Yelp, Tripadvisor, urbanspoon, google places and yellow pages. Of the 100 fake reviews, only 5 were caught and filtered out and only by Yelp, but the website did allow others through.”

    I wrote 25 of those fake reviews for this story. ;) Always take reviews with a grain of salt! I assure you all of the reviews I put on this blog are real though, lol.

  • Edmonton mother and son play video games together, and write a book
  • “Edmonton gamer Teace Snyder has co-written a book in defence of video games with, of all people, his mom. Mother and son figured it was time to balance out the misinformation and fear mongering that has led to “gamer shame” — gamers feeling ashamed for playing video games or spending time gaming. Snyder and other gamers have long known there’s more to video games than entertainment, he says, but he’s relieved and happy to see that verified by his mother’s research and the research of others. For example: video games are given to burn victims to reduce their pain because their attention is distracted; games are prescribed for relaxation; games are used to teach diabetic children what to eat; and games are used to train soldiers for combat. There’s also gamefication — using the principles of gaming to raise money for community projects.”

    Really interesting!

  • Japan bank to install palm-reading ATMs
  • “A regional bank in central Japan will become the country’s first financial institution to adopt automated teller machines that will identify users by their palms. Under the system, developed by Fujitsu Ltd., users will be able to prove who they are simply by scanning their hands and entering a PIN and date of birth, the bank said. Demand for a system that does not require a cash card or a passbook increased after the earthquake-tsunami disaster that ravaged northeast Japan last March in which many people lost personal possessions and were left without the means to get at their money.”

    Cool. (Interesting why the demand for such a system came from after the tsunami).

  • The technology beind the Tupac hologram at Coachella
  • “By now you have probably seen the footage of long-deceased rapper Tupac Shakur performing at Coachella. Whether or not you thought you thought it was creepy, the technology behind the holographic resurrection is actually pretty cool. The blend of previously recorded live footage and CGI was created by Digital Domain — James Cameron’s visual effects company that was also responsible for the ersatz Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — under the supervision of Dr. Dre.”

    Pretty cool.

    Business/Consumer/Media/Economy

  • Indie book publishers call Amazon, not Apple, a ‘predator’
  • “A growing number of independent book publishers say that by tying the hands of Apple and the major publishers, the United States will enable Amazon to mow down competition in a price war. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit last week accusing Apple and the country’s five major book publishers of colluding to raise prices that consumers pay for electronic books (e-books). Three of the five publishers have already settled, largely by agreeing not to prevent retailers from discounting titles. But the DOJ got it wrong, say the indies. According to them, Amazon, not Apple is a bigger threat to competition. “I hope this lawsuit fails,” said Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, an e-book publishing and distributing company. Randall White, chief executive of Educational Development Corp. (EDC), told The New York Times: “Amazon is squeezing everyone out of business” and he called the company a ‘predator.’”

    Intense.

  • When Big Brother watches IT
  • “The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on how IT departments are coping these days with the biggest threat to data security — namely, employees in the IT department. That the “enemy within” is the biggest threat to an enterprise is nothing new, but buried in the article was something that struck me as, well, Orwellian. The WSJ reports that some organizations “are even using new technology to look at the language of their IT staff’s emails to determine whether their behavior or mind-set has changed.””

    Yeesh…

  • Online journalism shines in 2012 Pulitzer picks
  • “As far as awards go, the Pulitzer Prizes are the traditional standard of journalistic excellence. But this year’s winners, just announced, show that the judges continue to have an eye for new sources of quality journalism. While newspapers like The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times celebrate their wins on Monday, online-native sites Politico and the Huffington Post are also breaking out the bubbly… This year, Pulitzer officials note that digital content “played a role in seven winning entries… Digital content was a particular emphasis in the breaking news category this year, with the call for entries that emphasize speed and real-time reporting.”

    Awesome. The way of the future. (The future is here?)

    Entertainment

  • The Office might get a reboot next season
  • “What do you do when negotiations with the cast of a seasoned sitcom stall? Well, if you’re the producers of The Office, you apparently think about replacing the actors wholesale. That’s right: According to Deadline, series executive producer Greg Daniels is debating making the next season of The Office a reboot, bringing in a slew of different characters to replace stalwarts John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, and B.J. Novak—not to mention the potentially farm-bound Rainn Wilson—whose contracts expire at the end of this spring.”

    Orrrr just end it because replacing the actors would make The Office not The Office anymore.

  • WAIT IT’S NOT OREGON? ‘Simpsons’ creator reveals actual Springfield location Sunday night
  • “”The Simpsons” used its blackboard opening sequence Sunday to reveal that Springfield is located… somewhere far from you. “The true location of Springfield is in any state but yours,” Bart wrote on the blackboard in the opening of Sunday’s “Beware My Cheating Bart” episode. That followed the beginning of the opening sequence, which read ‘The Simpsons Now Entering Oregon.’”

    Seems silly now. They’re just trying to backtrack because they didn’t make a whole special promotion out of the revelation.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Sleepy Air Canada pilot thought Venus was a plane
  • “A sleepy Air Canada pilot first mistook the planet Venus for an aircraft, and then sent his airliner diving toward the Atlantic to prevent an imaginary collision with another plane, an official report said on Monday.”

    LOL what.

  • Fans say goodbye as ’1000 Awesome Things’ blog winds down
  • “Millions will say goodbye to a blog this week that since 2008 has shone the spotlight on some of life’s simple joys. On April 19, award-winning blogger Neil Pasricha will post his final entry on 1000awesomethings.com, a “time-ticking countdown of 1000 awesome things.” The blog began in June 2008, a time of darkness for the writer as he struggled with a failing marriage and a suicide attempt by his close friend. Each day Pasricha would post a reminder of the good things in life – small pleasures that are often overlooked, thought about but never written down.”

    I guess blogs can’t go on forever. I love 1000 awesome things!

  • [Video]: Policeman vs. Kitty
  • “An overly affectionate cat interrupts a very patient policeman while he has a driver pulled over.”

    Pretty bad video quality but funny nonetheless!


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